EXETER, N.H. (CBS) – A New Hampshire guidance counselor is on administrative leave after she was arrested for alleged sexual misconduct involving a student.
Kristie Torbick, 37, a first-year councilor at Exeter High School, turned herself in to police Friday on a charge of aggravated felonious sexual assault.
Police began investigating Torbick in January and she was placed on paid leave as of January 27.
Exeter Superintendent of Schools Michael Morgan says he was told by police there was a “credible report about an allegation involving a student.”
He wouldn’t talk specifics, but says the district takes the allegations seriously.
“I think the biggest thing we tell them is the highest priority we have is the well-being of students and as soon as we learned of anything we took immediate action,” Morgan said.
Torbick was released on $10,000 personal recognizance bail and ordered to avoid contact with the victim, any potential witnesses, and anyone under 18 years old besides her children. Torbick is also banned from all Exeter schools.
The allegations are not sitting well with parents and former students.
“It’s disgusting, you know it seems like it’s so frequent and people in these positions, of anyone on the planet ought to know that this is completely unacceptable,” said parent Christian Smith.
“My little sister goes here,” says former student Alexis Sweet. “It’s just kind of like weird.”